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Miami Beach apartment building ordered to evacuate

The rest of the Champlain South tower is seen being demolished in Surfside, Florida, north of Miami Beach, late on July 4. 
The rest of the Champlain South tower is seen being demolished in Surfside, Florida, north of Miami Beach, late on July 4.  Giorgio Viera/AFP/Getty Images

The rest of the Champlain Towers South building was demolished Sunday night, and officials hope it will now be safer for rescue teams to expand their search with fewer reinforcements.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said he hopes the demolition will eliminate a potentially dangerous threat to workers and possibly open an estimated third of the remaining pile to search and rescue teams.

With the threat of Tropical Storm Elsa looming, officials and rescue crews were increasingly concerned about the safety of those searching the rubble and the potential the rest of the structure would collapse.

Background: The demolition came after part of the building fell early in the morning on June 24, collapsing approximately 55 of the building’s 136 units. Crews immediately began digging through up to 16 feet of concrete and have confirmed at least 24 people were killed, including children. There are 121 people who remain unaccounted for.

The structure was demolished around 10:30 p.m. ET Sunday using a method Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava called “energetic felling,” describing it as a process that “uses small, strategically placed explosives and relies on gravity to bring the building down in place.”

Search efforts at the partially collapsed building were paused Saturday around 4 p.m. so engineers could secure the site and prepare for the demolition.

“As soon as the building is down and once the site is deemed secure, we will have our first responders back on the pile to immediately resume their work,” Levine Cava said Sunday night.

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Hundreds ordered to evacuate after flood barriers fail in Louisiana parish

A mandatory evacuation for residents in a south Louisiana Parish has been lifted after a dam breach was stopped by workers.As many as 1,000 people were ordered to leave by officials in Iberville Parish after a barrier system intended to block water from a major waterway failed.

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Workers used sandbags and concrete barriers to stop the water from the Intracoastal Waterway from rushing in. The breach was stopped sometime before 4 p.m. Friday.

Residents of Sorrel and Pigeon Bayous were advised to evacuate to a Red Cross shelter in the city of Plaquemine immediately. Officials asked that residents only take essential items and medication with them.

Officials with the Iberville Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness said an AquaDam barrier was set up on LA Highway 75 in the Bayou Sorrell area.

The area is home to about 400 to 450 families.This week, rainfall totals were between 7-14 inches and flood warnings were issued for several counties in Texas as well in Louisiana. The National Weather Service (NWS) described the situation as “particularly dangerous,” CNN reported.

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Iberville Parish is just west of Baton Rouge and approximately 260 miles east of Houston.

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Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury could be cancelled as Fury ordered to fight Deontay Wilder

Anthony Joshua‘s blockbuster August 14 bout with Tyson Fury is reportedly at serious risk of being called off because of Deontay Wilder, just over 24 hours after Fury posted to declare the fight on in Saudi Arabia later this summer. Fury and Wilder have been locked in an arbitration case for several months with team Wilder looking to have come out on top.
Fury and Joshua are currently due to become the first heavyweights ever to put all four belts on the line, with Joshua owning the WBA, WBO and IBF straps and Fury having been the WBC champion for the last 15 months.

The British duo are bidding to become the first undisputed champion of the division since countryman Lennox Lewis in 2000, though he did not hold the WBO belt, which was not mandatory to be the heavyweight king at that time.

Yet the Daily Star report the mega-money scrap is now at serious risk of having to be cancelled with Fury having been ordered to fight Wilder for a third time this coming summer.

The arbitration court is said to have ruled in Wilder’s favour and said that Fury has to be involved in a trilogy fight due to contractual obligations.

The Gypsy King defeated Wilder in dominant fashion back in February 2020 in Las Vegas in a thrilling throwdown after the first had ended in a contentious draw.

Fury was contracted to go head-to-head with the American a third time but delays caused by Covid-19 meant that the fight never came to fruition, either in the summer or before Christmas.

After Fury’s negotiations to fight an alternative opponent in December collapsed, he moved his attentions towards an undisputed battle with Joshua.

However although it has been declared that the fight is on, the site deal has yet to be officially finalised with Saudi officials willing to pay as much as £108m, per the Star, to secure the rights to host it.

Fury’s team are said to still be awaiting the proper documentation to guarantee him the funds from the deal.

And the ruling from judge Daniel Weinstein that Fury must fight Wilder again may now push back the hotly-anticipated all-British battle until later in the year.

It has been ruled that yet another rematch between Fury and Wilder must take place even though the former’s team felt the Bronze Bomber’s right to a trilogy scrap had expired.

That is because the contract stipulated that a third fight must take place by July 2020, although the ability to do so was of course impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Star say it is unclear whether or not Fury’s team can now appeal the decision of Weinstein.

Fury only confirmed the long-awaited fight against Joshua would be happening in a video posted on his Twitter account on Sunday.

He said: “Got some massive news for you all guys. I’ve just got off the phone from Prince Khalid of Saudi Arabia, he’s told me this fight is 100 per cent on.

“August 14, 2021, summer time – all eyes of the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“And I cannot wait, repeat, cannot wait, to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all time.

“This is going to be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet earth. Do not miss it. All eyes on us.”

Fury followed that up by tweeting on Monday alongside a graphic of him dubbed ‘Tyson of Arabia’: “Time to take back what I never lost. Every belt there all mine chump!”

Yet it looks as though he may have to come through a fight with Wilder once more in the latest of a long series of delays to Joshua vs Fury.

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UFO Pentagon report ordered by Trump could spark alien ‘arms race’ claims expert

Former President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to release all of its information on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) within 18 days in his last coronavirus relief bill in December. The Pentagon’s brief into “observed airborne objects that have not been identified” is expected to be released this June, and comes after videos were released by the US showing UFO’s around Navy warships.
Cristina Gomez, host of Paradigm Shifts UFO Channel on YouTube, said the reports release could be dangerous if it confirms the existence of alien technology on Earth.

However, she also expects the US would not give “full disclosure” if the report finds extra-terrestrials, suggesting the Pentagon would likely describe any UAPs as “suspected foreign adversary drone technologies, rather than mentioning them as having an ‘Off-World’ origin”.

She added: “If a government was to acquire concrete evidence that these craft that are flying in our skies and travelling in our oceans are originating from one or more extra-terrestrial civilisations, it would be entirely prudent of them to investigate whether or not they represented an existential threat to us as a species.

“And this I imagine would be the very first pressing concern they would have regarding the presence of such visitors to our world.

“I can imagine then that the entire subject would receive the very highest security classification during that investigative process.”

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Speaking to the Daily Star, Ms Gomez suggested that if alien technology is uncovered by the report, it could destabilise global relations and lead to a new type of “arms race”.

She told the website: “In this scenario, if such were the case that the concrete evidence consisted of wreckage, or at least some recovered components of vastly superior technology, then logically there would be the concern of such technology falling into the hands of one or more of their foreign adversaries.

“Not only would the government in question not want to alert other nations to the fact that it now possessed extra-terrestrial technology, but it would also have a sudden need to know if other nations also had in their possession and were studying similar technological artefacts.

“It could and would be seen at the highest levels as a new form of military arms race.”

The report from the Pentagon is expected to be released on June 1, with US President Joe Biden set to be briefed on the findings.

Luis Elizondo, a whistleblower and former head of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, told the New York Post the US “acknowledged the reality of UAP”.

He also suggested there is “a very distinct congruency” between UAP sightings and the US’ nuclear technology.

Mr Elizondo told the outlet: “That’s concerning to the point where we’ve actually had some of our nuclear capabilities disabled by these things.

“There is absolutely evidence that UAPs have an active interest in our nuclear technology.”

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Last year, the Department of Defence authorised the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015.

In August, the Pentagon verified they were investigating the incidents under a new Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force.

In a statement, they said: “The Department of Defence established the UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs.

“The mission of the task force is to detect, analyse and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to US national security.”

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‘False and damaging’: Roman Abramovich suing publishers & author after claims Putin ordered him to buy Chelsea

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is suing publishers HarperCollins and author Catherine Belton over “false claims” made in her book ‘Putin’s People’, which the billionaire says is causing damage to the club’s reputation.

Abramovich announced legal action on Monday against the publishers and Belton, who is the former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times.

Belton’s book ‘Putin’s People’, published last year, includes claims from fugitive investor and Kremlin critic Sergei Pugachev that Abramovich was personally ordered by President Vladimir Putin to buy Chelsea back in 2003.

“The book contains a number of false and defamatory statements about me, including about my purchase, and the activities, of Chelsea Football Club,” read a statement from Abramovich on the London club’s website.

“Today’s action was not taken lightly. It has never been my ambition to gain a public profile and I have always been reluctant to provide commentary on any matters, including any false or misleading statements about me or Chelsea Football Club.

“However, it has become clear that the false allegations in this book are having a damaging effect, not only on my personal reputation, but also in respect of the activities of Chelsea Football Club.”

Abramovich added: “My objective has been to avoid a legal case and my legal team has engaged with the publishers to try to find an amicable resolution.

“We have provided them with detailed information addressing the various false allegations about me in the book, including the repetition of allegations that have already been held to be false in the English High Court during previous legal proceedings.

“Unfortunately, these engagements were not successful, and the publisher has not corrected the false statements in the book.”
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Abramovich took over as Chelsea owner from Ken Bates in the summer of 2003 and set about transforming the club’s fortunes.

The Russian businessman is said to have invested well over £1 billion ($ 1.38 billion) in the ensuing years, which have been the most successful in Chelsea’s history.

Under Abramovich’s tenure the Stamford Bridge club have won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, the UEFA Champions League and two UEFA Europa League crowns.

“In contrast to the portrayal in the book, my ambition with Chelsea Football Club has always been to create world class teams on the pitch and to ensure the club plays a positive role in all of its communities,” Abramovich added in his statement.

“I believe our successes and activities over the years speak for themselves, including the trophies won, expansion of the Chelsea Academy, development of the Women’s team and the Chelsea Foundation becoming the largest charitable organisation within the Premier League.

“It is my hope that today’s action will not only refute the false allegations in regard to my own name, but also serve as a reminder of Chelsea’s positive footprint in the UK. I have every belief that the courts will give me a fair hearing, as they have in the past.”
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Abramovich’s time as owner has not been without its problems. The 54-year-oligarch has not been seen at a Chelsea home game for more than two years, after suffering visa issues amid the fallout over the Skripal spy poisoning row between Russia and the UK.

Figures at Chelsea have frequently asserted that Abramovich remains fully committed to the club, as evidenced by the more than £200 million spending spree on new talent which the Blues owner sanctioned before the start of the current season.

Neither HarperCollins nor Belton – whose Twitter account is a steady stream of anti-Kremlin posts – have thus far responded to Abramovich’s statement.
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Now Huw Edwards is ‘ordered’ by BBC to delete flag tweet defending Naga Munchetty

“Always a flag, Munchetty remarked. “Always a flag. They had the picture of the Queen there in Westminster office – I’m assuming.”

After BBC Breakfast, Naga liked anti-Conservative tweets including, “The flag s*****s will be up in arms”. 

She also liked a post which said: “Should be done every time the Tories roll out one of the talking head ministers”. 

Last night, the BBC star apologised and tweeted: “I ‘liked’ tweets today that were offensive in nature about the use of the British flag as a backdrop in a government interview this morning. I have since removed these ‘likes’. 

“This do not represent the views of me or the BBC. I apologise for any offence taken. Naga.”

Following the presenter’s apology, a BBC source told The Sun that bosses “reminded” Munchetty of her “responsibilities” over impartially concerns.